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Oct 3, 2012 11:00pm PDT
lower than 50 years, which is what president obama said, but growth still slow, the verdict, this appears to be true, but we'll follow up with the kaiser family foundation on the 50-year claim. >> what else surprised you tonight? >> i think the president just didn't seem like he wanted to debate romney. again, never mentioned 47%, meaning mitt romney's critical, awful, remarks about obama supporters, never mentioned bain capital. he never said that i'm the guy that can create jobs and said that massachusetts was 47th of 50 states. >> you think he wanted to look presidential? wanted to let the campaign do it? >> if he did, said i'm ahead, i want to stay above the fray, that's a strategic mistake. >> van. >> when they say he wants to have a conversation with the american people, i think he thought he was going to go and have a conversation with the american people. i think i took romney too lightly, he didn't expect romney to be able to throw that kichb heat. and he was able to out obama obama on the connection piece, authenticity piece, on the ability to tell the story. and i think
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Oct 8, 2012 11:00am PDT
obama administration to the uprising, if you will, in iran, a couple of years ago, when there were protests. people were angry and the u.s. was on the sidelines, the president did not directly speak out and the explanation that the administration at the time gave was that the opposition didn't want this to appear to be the opposition to the ayatollahs, standing up in iran, with the backing of united states. that could have been counterproductive. as a result, the obama administration was pretty silent. at the time now where romney is going after him on that, i think there were a few areas where there were some significant differences, but on the whole, after you get through some of the angry rhetoric, there is a lot of agreement between obama and romney, one area of disagreement on arming the syrian rebels. another area of disagreement, how far will iran be able to go in its nuclear weapons capability, the capability of developing a bomb as opposed to actually having a bomb. and the third was on russia. he twice in a speech singled out vladimir putin as a basically a foe of the uni
CNN
Oct 4, 2012 6:00am PDT
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CNN
Oct 3, 2012 7:30pm PDT
economic crisis at the kitchen table, and spend his energy and passion for two years fighting for obama care instead of fighting for jobs for the american people. it has killed jobs. and the best course for health care is to do what we did in my state. craft a plan at the state level that fits the needs of the state and then let's focus on getting the costs down for people. >> mitt romney several times taking the fight to president obama. rarely did president obama take the fight to mitt romney. >> he wouldn't really engage with mitt romney. mitt romney would take him on on every issue, including the question of health care in massachusetts. you know, he didn't back away from it. to me, what's interesting about mitt romney this evening is that he's a very different mitt romney from the one we all watched during the primaries, the one we watched during the primaries was combative very often, without smiling, sometimes awkward, you know, tonight i think he sort of had it all together, focused on the president -- >> you agree his best debate performance? >> absolutely. >> i think mitt romn
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 3:00am PDT
obama four years ago? no. but is it better than where we've been for the last 40 months? yes. i also think that we're going to e how this momentum thing plays out because we have so very many events coming one right after the othe we have a vice presidential debate in a few days followed by another presidential debate. we have a lot to see yet. >> it is widely agreed, speaking of debates, that mitt romney won the first debate, but did americans, particularly undecided voters get the whole story. cnn did some fact checking on comments made at the debate this week. i want you to listen to this on the topic of the deficit, first. >> mitt romney claims that even with his tax cuts, he will not add to the deficit. >> my number one principle there is no tax that that will add to the deficit. i will not put in place a deficit thdea tax that adds to the deficit. my plan is not to put in place any tax cut that will add to the deficit. >> we want to look at the facts here, again. mitt romney has not laid out specifics for how he would pay for his tax cut. he says it's by reducing deductions and
CNN
Oct 8, 2012 6:00am PDT
the obama campaign. >> reporter: 20-year-old jonathan colone registered. >> i'm looking in the future. whatever they can do to make their four years count is what i really want. >> reporter: with so much at stake in florida there can be a darker side to voter registration. palm beach county's supervisor of elections susan booker discovered discrepancies. signatures that looked the same. addresses that didn't appear right on more than 100 voter registration forms. >> we just haven't ever experienced this kind of issue with the registration forms. so that's got us a little disconcerted. >> reporter: the company at the center of what is now a statewide investigation, strategic allied consulting, hired by the republican party to register voters, was fired. strategic insists the problem was with one individual and that it maintains rigorous quality control measures. back in ft. lauderdale, not a good day for jessinia and karen. only a handful of new registers. that hurts, they say. you see, neither one is a u.s. citizen. both are part of the group called dreamers, whose parents brou
CNN
Oct 3, 2012 9:00am PDT
. we've seen that we aren't better off after four years of the obama economy. it's not working. the stimulus failed. the health care is -- bill is now increasing our premiums. you just have a report that i believe you all and others have reported on today that shows that 27 million americans will still be uninsured even with the trillions and trillions of dollars of costs in obama care. plus, more people will be out of work because of the small business tax increases from obama care, so what mitt romney is going to talk about is appeal to how we can do so much better. we need to invest in small businesses in latinos and women and, you know, people who are coming to this country often are starting small businesses, and that's -- we can't be putting new taxes on those small businesses, and we need to have new health care. >> is he going to get -- >> will also help -- >> i'm sorry. is he going to be more specific on what type of loopholes he is talking about, exemptions, to offset these tax cuts that he is proposed to grow the economy. is he going to provide more specifics? >>. >> when
CNN
Oct 7, 2012 8:00am PDT
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CNN
Oct 2, 2012 6:00am PDT
strengths for president obama this past year when we're looking at polling is that the american public generally likes president obama even as they have said that his job approval has been below 50%. so we're looking for moments, we're looking to see who goes on the defense, who's on offense tomorrow night, and who might slip up. but it's all about expectations, and in fact, 12 hours ago, mitt romney here in denver addressed that. let's take a listen. >> people want to know who's going to win, who's going to score the punches and who's going to make the biggest difference and the arguments they make and there's going to be all this scoring of winning and losing. you know, in my view, it's not so much winning and losing or even the people themselves, the president and myself, it's about something bigger than that. >> and you have mitt romney trying to down play expectations of tomorrow night's debate. in fact, his advisers are telling us that, in fact, this is one of several debates he'll have a chance to address the american people and explain to them why he would be better, carol, off
CNN
Oct 2, 2012 12:00am PDT
on fox yesterday. listen to this. >> president obama's a very -- he's a very gifted speaker. the man's been on the national stage for many years. he's an experienced debater. he's done these kinds of debates before. this is mitt's first time on this kind of a stage. >> what i love about this particular stage of proceedings, for the first debate, is the way you're both prepared to tell such ghastly lies about each other. paul ryan finally saying all the things about what a great speaker president obama is, how hopeless mitt romney is. the pair of you are playing the same game, lower expectations so far, they just have to breathe to be victorious. >> i think that there's no question that the expectation game is real. everyone plays it. having been involved in a number of presidential debates in the past, there's a certain give and take running up to it. i wouldn't be surprised tomorrow or wednesday, somebody makes a crazy charge or someone in a campaign will do something to try to refocus the run-up to the debate. but i think the fact is the american people see through that. these
CNN
Oct 1, 2012 1:00am PDT
gotten to know barack obama pretty well. we've seen this president for four years. there's not a lot of room left on his list to paint. mitt romney, he still has a little white space on his canvas. he can still show us who he is and where he'd lead us. >> reporter: the president spends the first part of the week in the battleground state of nevada, looking for debate prep with massachusetts senator john kerry who is playing mitt romney. governor romney will be in colorado, another swing state, where he'll be practicing with ohio senator rob portman who is playing president obama. athena jones, cnn, washington. >>> so what will they say and what will the memorable moment be when president obama and mitt romney will be face-to-face? as american voters weigh their choice the first of three presidential debates, that's coming up this wednesday night. you can watch it here with us, live, at 7:00 eastern, on cnn and on cnn.com. >>> of course we take politics very seriously here. there's also a funny side. and i talked with comedian ben gleeb about debate messaging. let's get right to it. c
CNN
Oct 3, 2012 1:00am PDT
the people down i new orans don't care about as much. president obama, that was five years ago you cide whether this shows a side of barack oba never seen bore as the dai collarhing. someay the present is spking in a different kind of voice than he doe in other speech. you can also decide the same thing about this, about theoop tent of the next video, the huffington post" first linked thisvide to it earlr. ul ryan speaking at a 2011 nner hosted by "the american spectator." some of the leftembers say thiss like mitt onhe 47%. rsurvey, poll after poll, still shows that we are a cenr-rit 70-30 country. 70% of americans want th american dream. ey believe the american idea. only 30% want the welfare stat what that tells us is that at let half those people currently in that category are there noof their wi or their will. >> now liberal websites a focusin the ryan speh. consertives e fosing the obama speech. the "huffgtonwas, only 30%ant t well stare state just as it is every day on the campaign trail, was one o upward mobity and portunity for al americans. whether this amounts to anhing,
CNN
Oct 4, 2012 6:00pm PDT
who you are. and what was odd about barack obama was that four years ago, he looked like this rock star whenever he appeared in public, onstage, on the stump, whatever. last night he looked like the guy, just wanted to quit the band. just sort of artistic differences had set in. there was a sort of odd body language, deflation which if i was a supporter, i would really be quite concerned about. >> he likes to go out and campaign and talk about all the things he's going to do. what he doesn't like to do is defend the record of what he's done. and unless he gets comfortable with that, unless he can come up with some better answers and do so in a way that's compelling, mitt romney's going to have a good run here between now and election day and obviously, with early voting starting, in some of the key states, such as ohio, north carolina, i think next week, this time is going to be very, very precious for him. they're not going to have a debate now for i guess what is it, a week or two, and this is going to all be to the advantage of governor romney. >> momentum is a big thing in any
CNN
Oct 7, 2012 2:00am PDT
sometimes what they accuse obama of. you cannot take this seriously. this is a political year, there's a campaign going on. they will try to do anything they can and especially the other groups out there who paint each other in the most horrible way, that's the way politics is. and for some reason or the other, negative ads play better than positive ads. therefore, you will always play the negative ads. >> i know you haven't decided who you're going to vote for in four weeks' time, but right now, if you had to vote tomorrow, who would you vote for? >> i have to first listen to the debates and then -- >> so they're that important to you. >> it's very important. to me, the debates were absolutely important. there were times when i made a decision way before, like president bush, because of the relationship of the kind of things that he has done for california, for instance, the kind of working relationship that we had and the history and also with senator mccain, i jumped in as soon as he declared because he has been a friend. and he has always been a senator who has tried to work on immig
CNN
Oct 1, 2012 9:00am PDT
obama went on to win four years ago. it's going to be the first time that these two are going to share the same stage, and they're going to tackle domestic policy. that's going to happen for 90 minutes. of course, the stakes very high. especially for romney now. he is trailing in key states that could decide this election. cnn's candy crowley is saying that they're great expectations, even while both sides are trying to lower them. >> reporter: apparently romney supporter and republican governor chris christie didn't get the memo. >> wednesday night is the restart of this campaign, and i think you're going to see those numbers start to move right back in the other direction. >> reporter: note to governor christie. no, no, no, no. sop for predebate chatter is to lower expectations for your guy by raising expectations for the other die guy. like this. >> president obama is a very -- he is a very gifted speaker. the man has been on the national stage for many years. he is an experienced debater. >> reporter: because this is a bipartisanly accepted strategy like this -- >> we've expe
CNN
Oct 4, 2012 11:00am PDT
and passion for two years fighting for obama care instead of fighting for jobs for the americans people. it has killed jobs. and the best course for health care is to do what we did in my state. craft a plan at the state level that fits the needs of the and then let's focus and get the cost down for people, rather than raising it with a $2500 additional premium. >> mr. president, the argument against repeal? >> well, four years ago when i was running for office i was traveling around and having those same conversations that governor romney talks about. and it wasn't that just small businesses were seeing costs skyrocket and they couldn't get affordable coverage. it wasn't just that this was just the biggest driver of our federal deficit, but it was families who were worried about going bankrupt if they got sick. millions of families all across the country. they had a preexisting condition, they might not be able to get coverage at all. if they did have coverage, insurance companies might impose an arbitrary limit. and so as a consequence, they're paying their premiums, somebody g
CNN
Oct 2, 2012 7:00pm PDT
obama, that was five years ago. decide for yourself whether this shows a side of barack obama never been seen before as the daily caller suggestsor nothing new. the president seems to be speaking at a difference cadence and a different kind of voice than he does in other speeches. decide the same thing about this. the content of this next video the huffington post first linked this video to it earlier today, paul ryan speaking at a 2011 dinner hosted by the american spectator, con serbtive magazine and this sounds a lot like mitt romney's comment on the 47%. >> the good news, still shows survey after survey, shows 70% of americans believe in the american dream, only 30% want the welfare state. half of the people currently in the category are there not of their wish or their will. >> liberal websites are focusing on the ryan speech, and the huffington post says they learned of a clip because a reader. ryan's campaign says only 30% want the welfare state, just as it is every day on t campaign trail, and the size trail, and so let's talk about this, whether these videos amount to anyth
CNN
Oct 7, 2012 1:00pm PDT
latino votes in 2008, that same energy for many lat tinos isn't there. >> four years ago, barack obama i had his back. he invest speak to me. now i hear the sam rhetoric i heard four years ago. >> reporter: still there are 400,000 latino votes in play across the state. both sides courting them heavily. >> translator: mr. president, how are you? >> that's mr. president speaking to a radio show last might reaching latinos across the state. you find yourself in the middle of presidential politics. tell me about that. >> i think it underlines the importance of the hispanic population. >> as for governor romney everyone but the candidate himself so far has been on the show. with a margin of victory here to be tiny, both sides want to win over businessmen like sergio. >> we met in may, you were undecided voter then. today? >> still am. >> how is that possible? >> well, i haven't heard from any of the candidates anything that would make me choose one of them right now. >>. >> reporter: he doesn't believe either candidate can do much to improve the economy, but he's waiting for one of them to sa
CNN
Oct 3, 2012 8:00am PDT
obama or anybody else, has been sitting in office for nearly four years, the most differential character ever. he's called mr. president by his friends. and then all of a sudden for 90 minutes in front of 50 to 60 million people he can be torn apart. do you have to prepare for all of a sudden that change of existence, that change of environment? >> you're exactly right, ashleigh. there are real challenges for any incumbent president. they have people play music when they walk into a room, it is not a normal existence and very rarely will people ever tell a president to his face that he's dead wrong. so, yes, the debate prep process for an incumbent president very often involves taking someone who is clearly usually a very good political performer, making sure they're not rusty and hearing the arguments of the other side. you know, we're all watching both sides and hearing the debates, but the candidates, whether incumbent or not, they're sometimes in their own bubble and during these rehearsals, these debate prep sessions, you often hear the candidates say, wait a minute, what?
CNN
Oct 7, 2012 9:00am PDT
horrible year which you can't blame president obama for in totality his first year that he inherited this big mess. now it's down to 7.8%. doesn't that show that he is on the right trajectory and kind of undermining the central argument for you? >> oh, i don't think so. you know, it's like this, candy. if you are getting blown out in a football game but you are scoring field goals once a quarter, you can't point to the three points every quarter and say at least we're scoring some points. we're still getting clobbered. the fact of the matter is the president and joe biden are getting clobbered on policies they put in place. promised we'd be a heck of a lot better off than today, we're nowhere close. i was in wisconsin yesterday. been in ohio practically every other day. i'll tell you what, people in kenosha, wisconsin, and ohio don't feel better off today than they were four years ago, and they don't think this president has been very good at following through on his promises. that's what this is going to come down to, and i'll tell you what, last week you saw the difference. an unfi
CNN
Oct 2, 2012 1:00pm PDT
that the middle class over the past four years, four years being the obama administration, have been "buried." >> first of all, wolf, the romney campaign really has nothing to say in 24 hours. this is paul ryan who on fox news on sunday couldn't explain the romney/ryan tax plan. not because it's complicated, because the math don't add up. and for the middle class it hurts the middle class. it digs the middle class into the dead years of 2000 to 2010. >> how problemmatic? >> the republicans have nothing but gaffes. they love when joe biden speaks because for some reason they like to take those comments and blow them out of proportion flt i just think it's nonsense. if they want to talk about joe biden and who will help the middle class, that's an argument i think the democrats would like to have. >> there will be a lot of discussion of joe biden's remarks right now. >> donna's right. we like to talk about joe biden because he gives us a lot to talk about. in a few weeks we'd miss joe biden, the gift that keeps on giving. only in washington is a truth called a gaffe when it's not polit
CNN
Oct 4, 2012 1:00pm PDT
lost without it. obama has a poor record the last four years and romney had a chance to attack it without the liberal press protecting obama. pete in georgia says, don't you know? i'm sure it was all bush's fault. if you want to read more on this, go to the blog. cnn.com/caffertyfile or to our post on the situation room's facebook page. wolf? >> i'm also hearing from som of my sources about how the president feels about his debate performance last night. details of that coming up in our next hour. are working on a joke with local color. the secure cloud just received a revised intro from the strategist's tablet. and while i make my way into the venue, the candidate will be rehearsing off of his phone. [ candidate ] and thanks to every young face i see out there. [ woman ] his phone is one of his biggest supporters. [ female announcer ] with cisco at the center... working together has never worked so well. his morning starts with arthritis pain. and two pills. afternoon's overhaul starts with more pain. more pills. triple checking hydraulics. the evening brings more pain. so, back
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Oct 3, 2012 6:00pm PDT
important one is that 20 years ago, became the luckiest man on earth because michelle obama agreed to marry me. i want to wish you happy anniversary, and a year from now, we won't celebrate it in front of 40 million people. four years ago, we went through the worst financial crisis since the great depression. millions of jobs were lost, the auto industry was on the brink of collapse the financial system had frozen up, and because of theo resilience and determinatin of the american people, we've begun to fight our way back. over the last 30 months, we've seen 5 million jobs in the private sector created. the auto industry has come roaring back and housing has begun to rise. but we all know that we still have a lot of work to do. and so the question here tonight is not where we've been, but where we're going. governor romney has a perspective that says if we cut taxes, skewed towards the wealthy ad roll back regulation, we'll be better off. i have a different view. i think we have to invest in education and training. i think it's important for us to develop new sources of energy here in
CNN
Oct 4, 2012 4:00am PDT
energy and passion for two years fighting for obama care. >> reporter: the president made his points in a slower, more laid-back manner, often looking down, sometimes appearing disengaged. it's not that he didn't try to rip apart romney's economic plan. >> that kind of top-down economics, where folks at the top are doing well, so the average person making 3 million bucks is getting a $250,000 tax break, while middle class families are burdened further. >> reporter: romney was determined to go toe to toe. >> but virtually everything he just said about my tax plan is inaccurate. >> all right. go ahead. >> so if the tax plan he described were a tax plan i was asked to support, i would say, absolutely not. >> reporter: the president did get digs in. >> for 18 months, he's been running on this tax plan. and now, five weeks before the election, he's saying that his big, bold idea is, never mind. >> reporter: but he also showed flashes of the kind of testiness sources in both camps feared from their candidates, except obama's was directed a the moderator, not romney. >> the last point i'd make
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Oct 5, 2012 10:00pm PDT
president obama to say what he said. that's the way the two sides do it, year in, year out, campaign after campaign. what no one does, at least until now, is look at the numbers and suggest the fix is in. this morning jack welch did tweet, unbelievable jobs numbers. these chicago guys will do anything. can't debate to change numbers. i think he presumably means the obama campaign. and conservative commentator laura ingram tweeted, another name for the labor debt's bogus 7.8% unemployment number. obama's surprise, thanks hilda. hilda solis is responsible at the bureau of statistics which puts out the job numbers. >> i have the highest regard for our professional staff at the bureau of statistics. folks that have been working in this area for many years and this is a methodology that's been used for decades. it is insulting when you hear people just cavalierly say that somehow we are manipulating numbers. i find that very insulting. >> solis, not solis. for the record, here's how the process works. the raw data comes in on wednesdays, the week before the monthly report. the bureau of statist
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Oct 6, 2012 6:00pm PDT
from the beginning. >> if you had been president four years ago, instead of barack obama, things have been different, you could have been if you had been born here. who knows. if you had been, do you honestly think you could have done any better than barack obama has done, inheriting such a huge financial mess? is the reality that whoever took over was going to be pretty much where he is now? what do you think? >> we maybe would have done things a little differently, but i can guarantee you that the president is doing everything that he can to solve the problems. i cannot imagine that president obama is sitting there and saying to himself, let me not fix this or let me have this fail. there's no such thing. i think that when you sit in this office like i sat as governor in my office, you work and you worry about those things day and night. many times you have sleepless nights and you worry about those things and you try to solve it. it's not that easy. it is a very, very difficult job. i think he has done as good of a job as he could do. he did it his way and they did it their way. i
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Oct 3, 2012 4:00pm PDT
into tonight. >> anderson, a year ago, you would have said romney had the edge. obama has to defend his lousy jobs record. he's running better campaign, so he comes in with an advantage. he's still ahead. structure of the race favors him. and importantly, because of romney's mistakes in the campaign, romney has to do a lot more in this debate than the president does. romney has to do for the first time, he's got to lay out his plan for the next four years. he has not down that so far. he is to hit the president and get his likability numbers up. that's a lot to do in one debate. >> senior romney advisers like likability and they say not quite. what it's really about is talking to what they call the 3 ds. dissatisfied, disappointed and disenchanted obama voters. it's about convincing them that over the next four years, you will do a better job to improve their lives. what they're looking for is those, that narrower and narrower slice of swing voters. i mean, he's got a double job to do. >> he had a convention speech and he wasn't able to do it. >> that's why he's got to do it tonight
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Oct 3, 2012 6:00am PDT
buried over the last four years, they're being buried by obama care, being buried by borrowing, by taxes, by spending, by more regulations, by all the uncertainties that is plaguing business and the way to fix this is by electing mitt romney. >> a debate is scheduled for october 11th. >>> a brutal week for american airlines. flight 1862 left dallas for st. louis yesterday, only to return due to landing gear problems. passengers say people were crying when the flight crew told them to prepare for an emergency landing. >> we got a right -- not a gear unsafe light, unsafe in the on position, looks like we might have a door hanging on the right side. >> 1862 understood, do you require the equipment? >> stand by on tt. in the gear down position, everything looks satisfactory so we'll get back to you on that. >> that flight landed later in st. louis. a separate american airlines flight from chicago to london was also forced to make an unscheduled landing in ireland after a passenger smelled smoke. those incidents just the latest in a series of problems for american airlines, which recent
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Oct 2, 2012 9:00am PDT
for five years. i suspect he'll be the more aggressive person tomorrow. but president obama should preempt any strike that mitt romney intends to aim at him, attack, attack, attack by hitting him with a very big question that could possibly knock him off his game plan and make him rely on those zingers that he's been working on. >> anna, what do you think? >> i think suzanne there's a lot of pre-debate spin. both of these guys are very experienced, very seasoned debaters. they both have been debating for the last five years. you'll remember that there were many debates that then candidate barack obama and now president obama did in the democrat primary four years ago as well as mitt romney had debates four years ago and also in this most recent primary. president obama does have the advantage of having done the one on one with john mccain four years ago. he went one on one with mccain. he did very well. most would say he beat john mccain. so i think -- i think the onerous is on president obama. >> the director of debates at southern illinois university wrote an op-ed for cnn and sa
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Oct 8, 2012 9:00am PDT
of an election year, this is important at least for the obama campaign as the president is trying to reach out to hispanic voters that will be critical to his re-election bid. >> dan lothian, good to see you, as always. thank you, dan. >>> while the presidential contenders are busy raising money, of course, talking foreign policy as well. joe bide sxen paul ryan, they are practicing for their big moment. the vice presidential debate, that is on thursday. the hot topic on the sunday talk shows. let's watch. >>> people enjoy these debates. i would expect a lot of people to be watching. i think paul is going to did a great job, but i also think that joe biden is incredibly gifted when it comes to debating and understanding policy. he is a good orator. >> look, i think he just has to go out there and prosecute the same case the president was prosecuting. i hope that the opponent that he gets to debate, though, doesn't walk away from the very record and platform that have so been a part of the romney-ryan campaign. >> so the pressure on both candidates after last week's debate, however, w
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Oct 6, 2012 9:00am PDT
that would focus on getting the economy going he in stead spent his first two years fighting for obama care. >> reporter: by the way the moderator of the next presidential debate is our chief political correspondent, state of the union anchor, candy crowley. fred? >> thank you. we look forward to october 16th. you don't want to miss the warm up to the next obama/romney faceoff. it's a much anticipated vice presidential debate. joe biden, paul ryan going at it thursday october 11th. our coverage begins 7:00 p.m. eastern time. have you ever taken a personality test to get a job? a woman who took one claims it actually cost her the job. and now she's suing. our legal guys full of personality all the time will be weighing in on this case. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] its lightweight construction makes it nimble... ♪ its road gripping performance makes it a cadillac. introducing the all-new cadillac xts. available with advanced haldex all-wheel drive. [ engine revving ] it's bringing the future forward. it's bringing the future you see us, at the start of the day. on the company phone
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Oct 8, 2012 1:00pm PDT
. it's working with the arab league to identify people to help force assad out of power a year after president obama said, we want assad out of power. he has substantive things to talk about on the debate stage when they debate foreign policy in two weeks and that ad is now irrelevant. >> don't you think this is a case of him saying, i'll do the things the president is trying to do but do them more effectively? >> there's a fair case to make and there's an opening for that. >> i agree. i'm not saying that's a bad thing. >> there's an opening the size of a pin drop. he didn't lay out his strategy for peace in israel. on iran, the best he could come up with was, i'm going to get tougher on iran because i'm going to have tougher sanctions. >> when barack obama came to office, he said, i'm not george w. bush, so therefore, i can negotiate with iran. >> he said he would open up all doors but he wasn't going to give you a seat at the table unless you wanted to come and talk peace. >> we have unsolicited advice on the other side of the break including helpful hints for donald trump. stay wi
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Oct 2, 2012 4:00pm PDT
. four years ago, she chose obama. but right now she is still undecided. >> at the time, i thought that he was the man for the job. and i would have to say after four years, i'm somewhat disappointed in the state of the economy. i need to know that there's going to be some relief there. >> reporter: kathleen, wy and many other voters say they're looking to the debates for some answers. >> small business is the backbone of this country. we weren't bailed out. and so it's really understanding what's going to happen these next four years that's really important to me. >> reporter: voters here want specifics. they want to know how each candidate will help strengthen the middle class. the answers they get tomorrow night could sway the vote of green mountain. vote of jefferson county, the vote of colorado, and ultimate lyrics the outcome of this election. >> and in that shot, be one cool caddy driving down the road. you said all these voters saying they want specifics. we want them too. did they tell you what specifics are going to help them make up their minds? >> they're looking for ev
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Oct 9, 2012 12:00am PDT
about something a little bit deeper than that. what you saw earlier this year is you did see obama with the lead among women voters. but it wasn't solid. i think that women were really looking for someone to give them an answer to the question, who's going to fix this economy. who's going to turn this around. and even through the conventions, obama was still sort of, you know, had a slight edge there. i think what mitt romney did in that debate was he showed that he's got an answer to that question. he's got a confident sort of strong answer to that question and i think he gave people who were watching reason to believe that he would be a good steward, a good captain of the ship to sort of navigate us out of the stormy world that we're in. i think that is really why you're seeing this movement in all of these polls and why you've seen groups like women, you know, his numbers have improved with them. >> let's just turn to foreign policy. i will stick with you to start with, because mitt romney's come out today basically said look, everything barack obama is doing on the foreign stage is
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Oct 6, 2012 5:00am PDT
-year-old student. i'm one of the undecided voters that president obama and mitt romney have to sway over in this vote, and this is the first time that i'm going to be voting for president. >> voters, pundits and the media might have pored over every word the candidates said this week in the presidential debate but we're taking a different look at things and checking out how blinking, posture and finger-pointing and even hugs played a role. body expect patty wood joining me in studio this morning. >> good morning. >> when you look at the debate, and we've done this even with the -- some of the other debates, but winning a debate isn't just about what you say, right, it's about what -- how you say it and what you look like? >> exactly, because so much of the emotion and the power is communicated non-verbally, and so much of how we read that in the brim tim brain is down through the non-verbal behavior. >> just look at the beginning of the debate from wednesday night, the moment that governor romney and president obama came on stage, tell me what you see. >> well, i see the president g
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Oct 9, 2012 4:00am PDT
with unemployment above 8% before president obama, there were 39 months. in all 60 years with unemployment over 8%, with this president it had been 43 months, under one president aalone. he does not understand what it takes to create a real recovery. i do. >> that's the new take on the numbers going below 8%. is the president still vulnerable then he they frame it that way? >> i have a simple question for governor romney. would those numbers be better or worse if we would have followed your advice and allowed the american automobile industry to tank? remember, he said step awa let them go bankrupt. hundreds of thousands of jobs were created because of president obama's leadership. now here is governor romney saying, i know the way to create jobs. he would have destroyed jobs across the midwest and across america by allowing the automobile industry, major players, gm and chrysler, to go bankrupt. the george w. bush economic policy created this recession. we were losing 800,000 jobs a month when president obama came to office. we have created more than 5 million new private sect
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Oct 5, 2012 4:00pm PDT
over four years. 250,000 jobs a month. a ridiculous claim and what does the obama campaign do because morning in america sounds better than evening in america, the obama campaign says there's that's a low bar. we can do that, too. >> briefly here, you mentioned the idea of a conspiracy theory. this is the white house trying to mix it up. you don't buy that at all. >> not a little bit. bureau of labor statistics is a geeky, wonky organization. i love their website. they just, they're data geeks. i spoke to the labor secretary again to be reassured that even she doesn't see them until the morning of. sometimes, the president's economic adviser gets them the night before because if it's a really bad number, that person can go to the person and say we need to inform the federal reserve chief, but generally speaking, that is not the case. this is, look, i suppose anything's possible. it could even be a calculation error, but it is remarkable that the minute the numbers turn against conservatives, everybody's up in arms saying the books are wocooked. >> ethan, you wrote in the spring that w
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Oct 2, 2012 5:00pm PDT
being the first african-american president. we know everything there is to know about president obama and the idea that they feel they can bring a five-year-old video out at this point and make a difference in the election shows two things. first it shows desperation. i think that everybody sort of is in the business of finding secret videos they hope will damn the other candidate. i think it also says they know there's a segment of america that is going to sort of be rejolted and reenergized by the fact that they are reminding them of this association with jeremiah wright. that's problematic in itself because jeremiah wright is a great man for anybody who studies his history and what he's done for this country, both as a veteran and as a civil rights leader but that's beside the point. the point is that this tape, for the most part, is much ado about nothing. but the republican sometimes can be pretty good at making something out of nothing. so it will be interesting to see how people react. >> gloria, what do you make of it? >> i just think that if you are disposed not to like presi
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Oct 1, 2012 12:00am PDT
rate of growth, which it will in a year or so, what's going to happen is nothing happen. tax receipts go up 17%. spending will drop to under 21%. there will still be a substantial deficit, but it will be smaller. president obama's main contribution to this $16 billion debt, which is a trillion dollar debt, a ten-year figure projecting out ten years was the stimulus bill, which is $800 billion, which i believe was a good thing to do. i think that might be bigger without it. it kept people working and paying taxes and off the government payrolls. because it created new jobs. if you look at his annual spending budgets, they are about 2% increase. that's less than the rate of inflation. so, i think that the reason that i believe he'lwin re-election is we are beginning to recover. we have a higher rate of job creation since the recession bottomed out in the middle of 2009 than in the previous eight years. and, we are moving in the right direction and the policies he's advocated are going to produce good economic results. if people thought it was like another recession, he would be in troub
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Oct 3, 2012 12:00am PDT
had beenresident four years ago instead of bara obama, how would things have be different? you cod have been if you were born here. who knows. if youad been, do you honestly think you could have done any better than barack obama has do inheritsuch a huge financial ss? the realityer wasoing to be prh where he is now? what do you think? >> we maybe would have done things a little differently,ut i can guarantee yothat president is doing eveg that he can to solhe i cannot imagine that president ama is sitng there and saying to hielf let me not fix th h or let is fail. there's no sh thin i think th wn you sit his as g in my office, you work and you worry about those ings day and nigh many times you have eepness nights and you worboutse things and you try to solvit. it's not that easy. it is a veryvery difficult job, and i think that,ounow, probably as he can do and he it hisay and they did it their i think thatitt romney has done great as governor o massachusetts and he's a ver taleed guy a vgood in what he do, to looat both of those candidat, and really listen to them very carefully an
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Oct 1, 2012 2:00am PDT
opportunity here for mitt romney. his challenge is not so much to make a case against president obama over the last four years. there's no question voters are ambivalent about the performance. he's got to make a case that he can make the next four years better. we have a poll out, national journal poll. are you better off? are you worse off? or about the same as four years ago. among the about the same folks, people who don't say they see any improvement over obama the president is still leading by over 20 points. that is what romney has to change. >> i want to share something "the new york times" says. the romney team has been included the debates are about moments and have equipped him with a dear riis of zingers he has memorized and been practicing on aides since august. we've got some here that we want to share. >> there you go again. i want you to know that also, i will not make age an issue of this campaign. i am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience. >> senator, i served with jack kennedy. i knew jack kennedy. jack kennedy was a friend of
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Oct 2, 2012 8:00am PDT
care which has become a big issue over the past couple of years with president obama passing what is now known as obama care and mitt romney saying he will repeal that. in addition to that, they're going to spend a segment talking about the role of government, also talking about governing. which is interesting because a lot of this campaign is mitt romney and barack obama talking about how they would work in washington. and as we know the american public are so frustrated right now with how washington is operating or is not operating at all. so there's a lot on the line for mitt romney, barack obama tomorrow night. tens of millions of people will be watching. of course, a lot here on cnn. there is over 3,000 journalists who are actually credentialed to come and cover this debate. 700 of them are from other countries. so the whole world will be watching. >> and jim lahr is the moderator for debate number one. how long do the candidates get to answer the questions? because some candidates are pretty long-winded. >> reporter: they are, and that's going to be the struggle and one of the
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Oct 8, 2012 9:00pm PDT
obama has done incredibly successfully is restore a lot of america's very damaged reputation around the world, since the eight years of george bush and all the warfare that came with it. i would seriously question that. i've traveled a lot through europe and so on. there's a lot of respect for america that certainly wasn't there six, seven years ago. >> the question is not whether -- it's always safer and secure. is the situation in the middle east today better than it was four years ago? is it better in iran? >> hang on. again, let me question you. no, no, no. i'm not going to let you get away with that. let's be pragmatic and sensible about what you just said. the reality is bin laden is dead. he was alive four years ago. gadhafi was alive four years ago. mubarak was ruling egypt four years ago. many people would argue however difficult the situation is in the middle east right now, it's very complicated and very difficult, but actually, yes, america probably is better off knowing that those three are no longer ruling their countries, and in bin laden's case, al qaeda. >> and so a
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Oct 5, 2012 8:00pm PDT
that number doesn't look too good for obama. >> you raised a number. the symbolism and how people feel about it. let's look at a cnn poll from last month. 67% of registered voters expect conditions will be good a year from now. daniel, what do you think? 31% say worse. are they right, are they wrong? >> the economy will be better, but it's a question of how much better. let's not forget obama promised if he enacted his so-called stimulus, by today, the unemployment rate would be down to 5.5%. so, something's gone wrong. if you look at the minneapolis federal reserve website, there's an interactive feature that allows you to look at all the the business cycles since world war ii. it's the worst gdp performance and jobs perform ann of any president. things are getting better, but at such an anemic rate. >> let's move on. go ahead. jump in. >> you know what the problem was with that promise? they should have never made that. promises get people elected. promises get things passed, so now mitt romney says i'm going to create 12 million jobs over four years. 250,000 jobs a month. a rid
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Oct 6, 2012 6:30am PDT
just 13 bucks an hour or less. you're stuck in the middle of closing arguments of an election year, but the two words that matter most to the middle class, you're hired. and in a moment we will look at whether enough jobs are being added for president obama to keep his job, but i want to start with cnn's chief political correspondent candy crowley. she anchors, of course, "state of the union." candy, tell me why. why is there no middle in washington anymore? >> there is a middle in washington, it's just ever shrinking, and it doesn't get listened to. i could take up your entire hour here as to why this is what it is, but i just want to point out two elections to you. one of them was in 2006 when we had a big wave election. democrats -- sorry, republicans were thrown out of office. which republicans? largely the moderate ones from the northeast. republicans that were in pretty presidentially democratic states. they were thrown out of office, and then we had another wave election in 2010 when people were upset with president obama about health care a number of other things and who go
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